Detroit has some wonderful local options for beer-loving parents, but sometimes you have to take the show on the road. Whether you’re heading to Chicago for a holiday weekend, Grand Rapids for ArtPrize, Up North for summer adventures, or staying close for a day trip, these itineraries will help you plan some great pit stops along the way. I’ve included a selection of places that have proven to be at least arguably kid-friendly (a relative term) on our own family journeys, but I encourage you to check out this awesome map maintained by the Michigan Brewers Guild to uncover your own hidden gems.


Of course, always take your time and drink and travel responsibly!







Hop Lot is basically an Up North oasis for parents and kids alike, offering beer, wine, cider, and non-alcoholic beverages. There’s a full kitchen menu and a massive beer garden where everyone can play lawn games, roast marshmallows and hot dogs, and dance to live music. In the winter, the beer garden lights up with heated igloos so you and your family can stay cozy.

Be sure to make your way west to check out this great spot for friendly conversation and delicious beer. There’s a pub with food and a patio downtown, as well as seasonal tasting room at its brewery on the east side. The tasting room has 12 taps, space for food trucks, and a beer garden.




Bekah Page-Gourley

Bekah Page-Gourley is an attorney and contributing writer for LittleGuide Detroit. She lives with her husband, Jason, and son Isaac, in Lafayette Park, Detroit. They love experiencing the city’s growth, hosting visitors and talking about Detroit’s virtues with anyone who will listen. Bekah and her family love going to Detroit City Football Club and Tigers games, Eastern Market, the Riverfront, and Downtown.

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